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VOL. LXII. NO. 29. ' UNION, S. C., FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1912. $1.00 A YEAR.
Gov. Blease Was So Raw That He
Asked the Ladies to Forgive
Him?The Crowd Was
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oooa i>aiurea.
Orangeburg, July 17.?It was a divided
crowd that greeted the candidates
for attorney general and the
governorship here yesterday afternoon,
a crowd in which the Jones
sentiment and the Blease sentiment
seemed about equally divided. There
was much applause for both of these
candidates, and a 'hand primary taken
at the last at the request of Governor
Blease showed that the factions
were about equally strong. There
were no fights in St. George as a result
of the political situation, though
before the meeting started and from
the events of recent meetings there
was a gneral air of expectancy and
some who expected that sensations
would feature the meeting. The meeting
started at noon and at 1 o'clock
a recess was taken for dinner, finallv
adjourning at G o'clock.
The centers of interest to the voters
assembled in St. George were
the contests between Judge Jones and
Governor Blease and between Attorney
General Lyon and his opponent,
B. B. Evans. There has been bitter
feeling between the two candidates for
the office of attorney general and it
has been expected that the feeling between
these would come to some sort
of head Tuesday.
B. B. Evans was less severe in his
attacks on the acts of the attorney
general than he was at Barnwell,
though he characterized as lies cer
tain statements of the attorney general
on past days as to his character.
Attacks J. Fuller Lyon.
J. Fuller Lyon, father of the attorney
general, was present at the St.
George meeting and he stood directly
in front of "the stage from which
the candidates spoke in the open. Near
the end of his speech Evans addressed
himself to the elder Lyon, saying:
"Here's a "Confederate soldier who
would be a candidate for state treasurer
if things were as they should be."
"You tend to your own business,"
said Mr. l^yon.
You've been in the treasury department,
and when you allow the chief
clerk to supercede a Confederate soldier,
then you know there's something:
rotten," said Evans, further addressing:
himself to J. Fuller Lyon.
At this point Attorney General
Lyon made an effort to rise to his
feet ,as thougrh hq would approach
the speaker. W. P. Beard .editor of
the News-Scimiter, who was on the
stage at the time, put his hand on
the attorney general and held him
in his seat. Evans soon completed his
remarks and took his seat. There was
applause for Evans ,though Lyon, who
spoke next, got a large greeting. Lyon
denounced as false certain statements
made by Evans, and made again
some of the statements against Evans
for bribery and other charges.
"Common Criminal."
"A common criminal, such as Barney
Evans," was one expression used
' by the attorney general in referring
iw ins opponent.
Evans had left the stand as soon
as he finished his speech, and when
he was being assailed so heavily by
Lyon a big voice in the crowd shouted:
"Evans, if you've got any man
in you, you'll climb now." There were
loud cheers . Thomas H. 1'eeDles was
well received, as was Senator J. R.
Jones and Blease.
The speeches of Judge Jones and
Governor Blease were very similar to
speeches delivered by them on past
days, though that of the governor was
marked by expressions rather extreme
for the "stump." Judge Jones
was cheered and howled and he and
the governor at times spoke with difficulty.
The crowd was in good humor
and it seemed that those present wanted
to "have Some fun."
In answering the social equality
charge, Judge Jones listed several men
oi trorcnester county ana asgea 11 the
crowd knew' them. He read them
slowly and one at a time, and each
name was received with shouts of approval,
When he had named a half
dozen dr more he said, "Well, they
voted just as I did on the Jim Crow
law," and there was loud applause. '
"Niggef Sweetheart" "< v
At one time during Governor
Blease's speech a big voice in the
crowd shouted, "Hurrah for Jones!"
"That's all right, old man; you
holler for Jones,, and when it gets
darker you go around and see your
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A marriapre of interest to many
people in Union and the county, was I
that of Miss Ruby Dennett of Oklahoma
and Mr. Russell -McNeace. The
ceremony was performed at the home ?
of the bride's parents and witnessed
uy me immediate mmiiies ana irienas,
after which the young couple left for
their honeymoon and will be at home
at 2,910 Madero St., El Paso", Texas.
Mr. McNeace is the son of Mrs.
Amanda McNeace of this city and left
here several years ago to make his
home in the far West. He is a young a
man of sterling worth and holds a re- t<
sponsible position in El Paso. He has b
hosts of friends in Union who Congratulate
him upon such good fortune t<
and wish for him and his bride long t(
years of happiness and prosperity. ii
How much will you give for the t>
hospital ? J
Union County Fair. r
The Board of Directors of the Un- h
ion County Fair Association urge ev- a
erybody to have something on display ^
at the Fair, next fall, October 16-18. ^
If we start now. and make some- 1'
thing and have something to exhibit, b
we will have one of the best county b
fairs in the state. b
The directors are busy making plans P
to make this the "biggest and best" A
fair Union has ever held, but in order tl
to be a success, they need the co- b
operation of every one. b
B. F. Alston, Jr., Secy.
Services at Salem. b
Rev. A. MoA. Pittman of Carlisle, b
asks us to announce through the c<#l- "
umns of the Times that he will preach n
Camping Party. b
The Sundnv Srhnnl elnae nf firapo ll
Methodist chilrch taught by Miss Min- _
nie Gregory, left Wednesday morning
for West Springs to spend two weeks,
They have a congenial party and expect
to spend a delightful vacation.
Among those in the party are Mrs.
Charles R. Smith, Misses Minnie
Gregory, Harriet Wagnon, Naomi and
Gertrude Faucett, Pearl and Louise
Harris, Fannie and Mattie Lake, Bessie
Pearl Gordon', tyuL Agnes Townsend.
Ice Cream Supper and Speaking.
The Knitting Mill Fire Company
will give an ice cream supper Saturday
afternoon and evening at Mr. J.
T. Byars' store. There will be a
speech by Hon. J. C. Otts, candidate
for re-election to the office of solicitor. I
The proceeds of the ice cream supnpr
will frn trk Konofif nf fKo
company at the Knitting Mill. The
public is cordially invited to attend.
An Old Colored Man Drowned.
Tillman Stevens, an old colored man
who worked on the plantation of Mr. _
Robt. S. Foster, about eight miles below
Union, was drowned in the Forest g
Tuesday. He was pulling his fish
baskets out of the river and it is
supposed that he slipped from the
loirs UDOn which he was standing and .
fell into the water. He was about 84 ^
years old and was a faithful servant
and was respected by both white and 0
colored people.
nigger sweetheart," retorted the ^
Just at this point an automobile
filled with ladies made an effort to tl
get out of the crowd; a horse hitched C
to a buggy became frightened and v
ran the buggy into another vehicle; a
a fisticuff in the edge of the crowd b
was about to be precipitated, and u
consternation reigned for quite a
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wiuic. niier several minutes tne (
governor was enabled to resume his g
speech. h
The governor made several retorts U
to persons in the crowd and his re- d
marks made it appear that hd was o
somewhat worried by the twittings of s<
the en'thuslastid ' hearers. Both o
Jones and Blease spoke With difficulty, b
Begs Ladies' Pardon. tl
Near the end df the speech the gov- p
ernor referred to Ms remark tHdt he n
had made to the man who shotted d
"Nurrah for Jonel," arid hd said he
did not mean to reflect on the man's d
personal character. At this point o
fcome one said, "You want to take it p
back now?" ?i; ' " (]
relder Says Blease Committ
Attending Southern C
outh Carolina Governor Refuses
Investigating Commmittee ii
Georgia?Promises t
(Monday's Atlanta Georgian)
"I don't care what Felder says
bout me. It is impossible for me
o talk about this case with anyody
in Georgia."
That is what Governor Cole Blease
old The Georgian over long-distance
elephone today ,when asked for an
Governor Cole L. Blease, at Columia.
S. C.. todav dpnipd that Somnol
. Nichols, of Spartanburg, had asked
im for a pardon for Gus Deford. He
efused to make a statement in reply
> charges of Thomas B. Felder, of Atinta,
that he had been guilty of an
ct of degeneracy in Atlanta in
larch, 1911. He declared Detective
Villiam J. Burns to be a "cheap hireng,
unworthy of. belief." He refused
o say a word about the dictagraph
estimony presented late Saturday af- 1
ernoon before the South Carolina disensary
investigating committee at
Lugusta by Detective E. S. Reed of
he Burns agency. He promised later
9 answer the charges made against
im by Mr. Felder.
Attorney Nichols, alleged by Detec
ive Keed to hkve acted as the go-beween
in the Deford pardon plot, reused
to make a statement at Spartanurg
today. He arranged with Chair
lan Carlisle of the investigating comlittee
to give his testimony at a spec- :
i\ session of the committee in Co- ,
irnbla on Thursday. '
Attorney Felder in Atlanta, today
eclared that Governor Blease would
e indicted by the grand jury in Atinta
for-an alleged act of degeneracy
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i Atlanta in March, 1911, whije the
outh Carolina executive was a deleate
to the Southern Commercial coi>ress.
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Detective Reed, who came tq Atlana
with Mr. Felder after the sensaonal
disclosures at Augusta Saturday
fternoon and night, is still in the city.
?Thomas B- Felder.
Thomas B. Felder declared today
hat Governor Cole Blease, of South
larolina, had promised to pardon conicts
in the state prison if the^ would
ssinate Felder after Bless* had
rought him into the state on trfiipiped i
p requisitioif papers. f
"But he dMft't make good his pk>t to r
fet me,' " a*td .Felder, "because., the |
overnor Hjitorgia woutai-ponor
is requiSfWn. Now I'm goinp t<0 live
:> see that governor of South Carolina
ut outhis ofllcftcvJ?n? going to jtye to
ee liim punbhe^ jro^ tMayftry, jprorisned
for graft and- <inally-hell^p^put
ehind the ba r?. Jp Geor?4pfor a crime
hat he committed fcef?4$at no newsaper
would print, and which I would
ot name, a crime involving unsound
epravity. 1 - ?' ' t .? *
"I caA prove by dircumfttantla) evi-'
ence that since he has been governor
f South Carolina Blease has sold' 100
ardons to criminals and I'll show by
hat same evidence that he got the
Felony in Atlanta While
ommercial Confess.
to Discuss Charges Made By
1 Augusta With Anyone in
o Reply in Writing. i
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money in his own pocket for making
the sale. He did it in the same way i
that he started to do it through Nichols
when we caught him in Washing- i
ton through Detective Reed arid his i
dictagraph. ]
Declares They Have Proof.
"That testimony by the dictagraph 1
is material evidence of Blease's crook- ]
edness, because we can prove he sold .
pardons, and we will dovetail into that i
evidence the speech Blease made in j
Spartanburg a month ago when he ;
said that if the people of South Carolinn
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of pardons as he had been doinp since
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nc uceaiuc ^uvui iiui iiiu u ueiier not ]
elect him governor again because he
Wouldn't stop. ?
"Ever since Blease tried to extra- :
diet me on his trumped-up charge I've i
had him shadowed. That's how X came a
to know about his plot to assassinate ]
me. Some of the henchmen he had in i
that conspiracy were not in prison; 1
some he had already pardoned before, j
But I have evidence that Blease of- <
fered pardons to men behind the bars <
If they would kill me. That's another
0 fthe crimes "I can prove against the
degenerate who is still legally entitled
to call himself the chief executive
of a great Southern state.
"Detective Reed and I are awaiting ]
further aummnnn frnm the invAaHoat.
he bargained for a pardon foi- the
yeggman Deford, which shows us that
Blease accepted the- $15,000 bribe the
Burns detective pretended to offer him
while the dictagraph caught their bar- <
gain in the Washington hotel. ]
Awaiting Further Summons. <
"That telegram tells Reed (known j
by Nichols as Attorney Porter, of ]
Chicago )to hurry on South and wind ]
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get his pardon, just as Nichols said
he would 'fix the governor' when they
made the contract. That ought to
prove to any commission what sort of
man Blease is.
"Reed and I are awaiting that com- ,
mittee's further summons. When the (
committee gets through, when the peo- (
pie of South Carolina know the truth
about the man who has swindled them
out of a governorship and when they ,
have' tutned him out as they surely j
will .^when his term expires JJ they (
do nut do it before?then we will be- ^
gin our criminal prosecutions.',';J will ^
not detail now the crimes we witt prove j
against this man because H^\would ,
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forewarn him and his clique, but ifjj
justice is done in South Cerojlibe, and j
here, as it surely will, Blease Will go <
behind the bars for all the years he ;
lives. .-And that seatenca .will be no
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A wedding of interest in Union was
celebrated Wednesday, July 17 ,at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. T. K. Foster,
when their daughter, Miss Eloise Cornelia
Foster, became the bride of Mr.
Leonard Clarke, of Athens, Ga. The
words which made them man and wife
were snnken hv Ro\r W n
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pastor of the First Baptist church, and
only the immediate families we're
The home was made beautiful
throughout with roses and ivy. In the
parlor where the ceremony was performed
an improvised altar was arranged
which was banked with potted
plants and roses.
The attendants were Misses Iva
Walker, and Etha Palmer and Messrs.
Robert' Little and Mr. Crawford of
Athens, Ga. The bride wore a tailored
suit of cream and blue whipcord and
i stylish blue hat trimmed in wings.
She carried a shower boquet of bride
roses and valley lilies. The couple
left on the Seaboard for Athens, Ga.,
where they will be "at home" to their
Mrs. Clarke is a very attractive and
slever young woman and numbers her
friends by the score, both here and
in Athens. She was for several years
a member of the faculty of the Athens
Business College. It is a matter of
regret that her marriage will remove
her from Union, but cordial and loving
good wishes will follow, and Mr.
Clarke is most heartily congratulated
an winning such a bride.
Help us build the hospital.
Children's Day ah Hebron.
Children's Day will be observed at
Hebron church next Sunday and a
most attractive program has been
An Ice Cream Supper.
There will be an ice cream supper
^at.lirHnv nirrVif r\f thin Al?
...A*IV) VTJL via to WCVtlV, d U II1C
iome of Mr. Jasper Wilburn, in the
~edar Hill community. The proceeds
go for the benefit of the Woman's
Missionary society of Lower Fair
Forest Baptist church. The public is
cordially invited to attend.
Mr. Hicks Appointed Agent.
Mr. C. E. Hicks has been appointed
agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance
Company here, to succeed Mr.
0. W. Roberts, who represented the
company here for the past year or
Mr. Hicks has entered upon his duties
and is a young man of good habits
and of honest purpose. He will
3o well in this work which he undertakes.
The Metropolitan has insurance
in fofce to the amount of two billion,
three hundred and ninety-nine
million, eight hundred and seventysight
thousand and eighty-seven dollars.
It is hard to grasp just the
magnitude of this sum.
Mr. HickS has offices over the Rice
Drug Company, and will be pleased to
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jcc jjwutyuoiucrs tttiu irienas 01 tne
jompany whenever they call.
Going Reunion.
Mr. G. W. G. Going ,one of the
>ldest and best citizens of the county,
leld a family reunion at his home near
Kelton Wednesday in celebration of
[?is eighty-eighth birthdav.
There were about eighty present at
the gathering. Rev. J. T. Going, a
grandson of Mr. Going, preached a
lermon, and a basket picnic was held
>n the grounds.
Each year, for a number past, this
family has met together on the birthlay
of Mr. Going. They come with
caskets full of good things to eat.
It is a happy occasion for all and a
great joy to the worthy man in whose
tonor the gatherings are held.
Notice to Teachers.
Union County Summer school for
keachers will be held at the Central
ichoel building, beginning .Aug. 5.
E*rof. H, A. Wise of the McMaster
ichool at Columbia, an<) Mrs. W. T.
Beaty, of the Uhtyn High School,.are
khe teachers selected to conduct this
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Superintendent Gore urges the
:eachers. to attend.
Mr. J. C. Sanders of Wilkinsville,
vas in Union on business Thursday.
rril W. W. Johnnon. Comp. py
ILAIiiiiu nuunuoill O UULLLI
Buj-ns Detectives Are Willing to
Appear Before Committee Anywhere
Except in State of
South Carolina.
(Thursday's Spartanburg Herald.)
Senator Howard B. Carlisle, chairman
of the dispensary investigating
committee of the legislature, was notified
yesterday that Detective E. S.
Reed, of William J. Burns' agency,
would not appear before the committee
in Columbia today to confront
Samuel J. Nicholls, whom Reed accuses
of having planned to get a pardon
for James Johnson, the safe robber,
in return for $10,000 attorney's
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Col. Thomas B. Felder and Detective
Reed sent word that they would
willingly come before the committee
in Augusta, Charlotte or any other
nearby city outside of the state at
any convenient time, but would not
enter South Carolina for the reason
that to kill either of them would be
"a safe amusement."
Fear For Their Lives.
They made it known that they believed
their lives would be in danger
so long as Cole L. Blease was the
chief magistrate and the state was
"ungoverned," since they felt that
the governor's friends could assassinate
them with impunity, confident
that even if they were convicted they
would hp nnrdnnod As thp situation
now is, they said in effect, there was
virtually a price on their heads in
South Carolina. For that reason none
of the Burns detectives will openly
come into the state.
Mr. Nicholls and C. P. Sims, the
local attorneys and friends of the
governor, with whom Detective Reed
says he bargained for the pardon of
islative committee today and answer
the charge. They will be accompanied
by a delegation of Spartanburg attorneys
and friends.
Array of Counsel.
The accused men will be represented
by this array of counsel:
Judge George W. Nicholls and William
M. Jones ,respectively father and
uncle of Samuel J. Nicholls; C. P. San
ders, Kaiph <Jarson, Kobert J. (Jantt
and Cecil C. Wyche, of Spartanburg;
J. Gordon Hughes of Union, and William
Nelson of Columbia.
Messrs. Nicholls and Wyche left
for Columbia last night. The other
members of the party will leave at
7:40 o'clock, this morning. Senator
Carlisle will also leave this morning.
A number of Spartanburg men expect
to go to Columbia as spectators
of the proceedings, among them being
Col. B. G. Landrum, of the governor's
staff; Oscar Godfrey and several
friends of the governor.
Mr. Nicholls' Defense.
Mr. Nicholls' defense to Detective
Reed's testimony will be that the detective
plied him with liquor until
he was not responsible for what he
said. He will point out that at the
beginning of the conversation in the
Finch hotel which was caught with
the dictagraph, he repudiated the
detective's suggestion that Blease be
bribed and said the governor was incorruptible,
and it was only after the
intoxicants had taken effect that he
agreed with what Reed said on the
subject. Mr. Nicholls will take the
position that what he said under the
influence of liquor is unworthy of being
given serious consideration.
Mr. Sims' Position.
Mr. Sims' position will be that he
was persuaded that Johnson was in
wretched health, was paying the
penalty a second time for an offense
for which he had already served seven
years, and was deserving of a pardon;
that he (Sims-)undertook to secure
the pardon in his capacity of an
attorney, but that he.entertained no
thought of paying Governor Blease
anything for the pardon.'
Senator Carlisle said that the hear
inp would oe Held in the State house
and begin at noon.
.1 Charleston Witnesses. ,
In addition to the Spartanburg men,
Charleston witnesses will be examined
if their presence can be secured, .in
rgard to allegations that the "blind
tigers" of that city paid Benjamin
Stothart, chief constable, for protec-.
tion, and that StQthprt, after deducting
his commissi*** turned the graft
over to the governor.
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Misses Sydney Gage and Katharine
Thomson left Saturday'for Chester,
IS. C., to spend some time with friend*.
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